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Unit details

HPS205 - Behavioural Neuroscience

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Mark Rogers

Incompatible with: HPS675, HPS775, HSE207, HSO207
Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour seminar per week, 1 x 2 hour practical class per fortnight. In addition to seminars and practical classes, learning is supported by a series of cloud (online) recordings of each topic's core learning objectives.


This unit explores contemporary neurobiological explanations of human behaviour. Individual, social, ethical and practical implications are examined in the context of topics including: neural structure and function, psychopharmacology, biological methods, sensory systems, emotions, motor activity, sleep, mental disorders, language, memory and learning.


Assessment task 1: Examination (2 hours) 60%

Assessment task 2: Team presentations 30%

Assessment task 3: Reflective piece (700 words) 10%

Fortnightly team presentation will take place in practical classes (in class for campus students or online (via eLive) for cloud (online) students). Cloud (online) students will require access to a computer-compatible microphone. Students - campus and cloud (online) - unable to participate in practicals may be eligible to receive an alternative assessment in which they submit a recording of their presentations.

Prescribed texts

Kalat, JW 20013, Biological Psychology, 11th edn, Thomson/Wadsworth, Belmont, CA.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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